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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food

 

National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more

 

Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party

 

Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes

 

Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green

 

New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now

 

Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots

 

HOUxNOLA

Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more

 

Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche

 

Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support

 

Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto

 

DIMANCHE

July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic

 

Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book

 

Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books

 

Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting

 

Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all

 

Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager

 

Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars

 

Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl

 

Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim

 

Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era

 

Church*

The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic


NOFD Under Fire After Monument Removal


Following the take down of the Battle at Liberty Place monument early Monday morning by a team of masked movers, rumors abounded across the city and online that the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was commissioned by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove the Confederate statue on Iberville Street. On Wednesday (4.26), New Orleans Firefighters Association President Nick Felton confirmed in a press conference that at least half a dozen firefighters were enlisted to take down the monument early Monday on Mayor Landrieu’s instructions. 

 

Felton and the NOFD have been under heavy scrutiny in the days following the controversial memorial’s dismantling. On Tuesday, Felton released a statement which absolved the city’s Fire Department of any intentional involvement in the dismantling of the Battle at Liberty Place monument — but did not deny the persistent rumors that firefighters were recruited for the take down. “Any involvement […] does not represent the whole of the New Orleans Fire Department. Any such personal involvement by the unnamed but easily recognizable leadership of the NOFD would be an irresponsible breach of trust with the membership,” said Felton in the statement. 

 

Due to the security risks involved, the City of New Orleans decided that all details about future monument removals would not be made public. The crew removing the Battle at Liberty Place statue Monday morning wore masks and body suits to obscure their identity; the early morning removal time was intended to ward off the violent threats that the project members have already received. Despite those efforts, the NOFD swiftly came under fire when photos emerged on social media that seemed to prove that several firefighters — including leading NOFD members — were active on scene. 

 

Felton again sounded off on the controversy Wednesday at the live press conference outside of City Hall. The NOFA President confirmed that although the Department did not have any direct involvement in the monument takedown, he did have knowledge of at least "five or six" firefighters on scene.

 

He stated that while he was unsure whether any firefighters volunteered for the job, he was critical that his department was enlisted for work beyond the traditional scope of their duties. “We should not be in riot gear, we should not be doing police-type work,” said Felton. 

 

Photos taken by persons on scene early Monday morning seem to show several Fire Department members, including NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell, as part of the team of movers. When asked about McConnell’s alleged involvement, Felton again remained firm in his stance that the Department is not directly involved: “I can’t really confirm that he is [involved but], surely looked like him to me.” 

 

On Thursday morning, Nick Felton released a third statement, in as many days. “The New Orleans Firefighters Association, Local 632 is calling on the City of New Orleans to stop putting Firefighters in harm’s way by involving them in the removal of the monuments. While the Union is not here to take a stand on the removal of the monuments, we ARE here to defend our membership when they are used to perform tasks that they are not trained to do and put them at unnecessary risk.” 

 

The New Orleans Firefighters Association President then echoed his earlier statement that firefighters should not do police work. Felton continued, "Firefighters are being threatened because the City Administration has drug us into this, and we want the public and everyone to know – that we feel Firefighters have no business being involved in this divisive issue. Our commitment and mission remains to protect the citizens of this city from the perils of fire.”




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